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Originally posted by jssaylor2007Farms MUST be subsidized due to the gross government manipulation of agricultural commodities.
[The] free-market system that has thrived on publicly-funded research, infrastructure, and defense. Yet in a brazen show of hypocrisy, major corporations have ignored all the problems they've caused, choosing instead to cut their taxes in half despite doubling their profits, to hold 60% of its cash offshore, to eliminate workers rather than create jobs, and to reduce the pay of their remaining employees.
An Apple executive explained: "We don't have an obligation to solve America's problems."
The World Bank estimates the total cost for a successful attack on malnutrition would be approximately $10.3 to $11.8 billion annually. Apple alone underpaid its 2012 taxes by $11 billion, based on a 35% rate.
It may be time to update [Apple's] quote: "We don't have an obligation to solve the world's problems."
Originally posted by wildtimes
GOPer Who Got Millions in Farm Subsidies Thinks the Poor Should Starve Rather Than Get Food Stamps
Stephen Fincher, a deranged Republican congressman from Tennessee, is very angry that the federal government is committed to preventing poor people from starving to death:
Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, who supports cuts to the program, had his own Bible verse from the Book of Thessalonians to quote back to Vargas: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat,” he said.
He fulminates about people who are allegedly "unwilling to work" sucking off the government teat with impunity. This is a patently dishonest representation of the SNAP program. Most people who receive food stamps cannot be dismissed as losers who are "unwilling to work." Nearly half (47%) of all food stamp recipients are children. Another 8% are 60 years of age or older. The "working poor" - people who live in a household with income from work - represent another 41%. Between children, the elderly, the working poor, and people who want a job but cannot find one - someone should tell Fincher that there are still more than 3 unemployed job seekers for every 1 opening - that leaves very few people who can be accurately described as being "unwilling" to work.
Good God this stuff makes me insane.
What a ridiculous bunch of tripe. This is what the Far-Right screechers about 'Nanny Statism' actually think is the right thing to do! I find it completely immoral and unbelievably sadistic. Who in their right mind thinks that it's okay for people to starve, whether here or in places where 'mutlinational corporations' pay only pennies per hour while Americans go without?
I've heard people say, "Well, they had to go overseas to survive." And, "it's not tax evasion, it's legal to go to whatever country offers the lowest tax rates" (in response to corporations CAUSING unemployment and poverty here at home)
I just can't accept that those statements are sane. Or that intelligent people would think that this isn't really the problem.
For heaven's sake, people!!
Shame on Fincher, and anyone who spouts this crap as "moral" and "standing for liberty."
I know Progressives aren't popular here, and are maligned as "commies" (which I persistently try to point out is FALSE) - but I'm not gonna shut up about this stuff. It's inhumane and disgusting, and its the child of RAMPANT GREED and CAPITALISM GONE BERSERK.
I hardly know what else to say. So here you go, ATS. Discuss. Let's figure out a REAL SOLUTION after identifying once and for all the REAL PROBLEM: GREED and PROFITS-ABOVE-ALL mentality. It's antisocial, psychopathic barbarism.
It is like a story in the Old Testament about a Master treating his servant kindly. Forgiving the servants mistakes, debt etc. But the servant treats those beneath them cruelly. Doesn't forgive them their mistakes or cut them slack with debt.
Originally posted by jssaylor2007
If someone is UNABLE to work then that is a completely different story. I personally have a friend who receives foodstamps, welfare, and his wife was national guard, so there are some more benefits. His stance on getting a job is, "Why should I go get a job when the government is going to pay me more to sit here and play computer games."
Justify that, because a HUGE portion of welfare recipients are THAT.
Originally posted by wildtimes
reply to post by JeffreyCH
I was in my 20s in the '80s'! I remember them quite well.
Okay, I have to crash now. You all carry on, I'll be back tomorrow.
(And yes, I drive a Honda.....they last forever)
Yes, that is how it's supposed to work.
I can't really begrudge Japan, at least they kind of hold up their end in regards to trade agreements. They have numerous assembly plants here in the states, I thought that's how it was supposed to work...
It is not our responsibility to feed the whole world, or fix others political shortcomings...
it's the Progressive left (which includes the GOP) that will be bringing it to fruition.
I'd rather my country waste monies accumulated through our taxes on feeding people instead of foreign aid and wars that have nothing to do with us.